Tuesday, Aug. 4
“None of the saints had . . . ever ventured to address God as their Father.”—Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer, p. 24. This was a totally new thought for me. After some research I concluded that Murray is correct. Isaiah refers to God being called Father, but it’s a prophetic message looking ahead to the incarnation. “For to us a child is born, and the government will be on his shoulders, and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Is. 9:4. There are numerous passages where the idea of God being Israel’s father is noted. “They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble because I am Israel’s father.” And even this is looking ahead to the last days. It’s not as though God didn’t want to be called Father. “. . . I thought you would call me ‘Father’ and not turn away from following me.” Jer. 3:9. The O.T. alludes to a father-son relationship many times, but never is God addressed as “Father.” This relationship is a N.T. reality, based on the new “covenant.” Instead of tablets of stone (the Law), now God’s laws are written on the heart. God works from inside man rather than from outside. Being “born again” brings life. We are connected with God through Christ. We are baptized into Christ Himself. We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Our future in heaven is guaranteed. And we have the liberty to call God our Father.